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June 15, 2004 -- No. 309
Local angles: Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro and
Rutherfordton, N.C.; Brentwood, Tenn.; and Diego Martin, Trinidad.
UNCís Bryan Fellows begin summer service projects in North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL -- Five University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
students will complete diverse service projects throughout North Carolina this
summer as recent recipients of the Carolina Center for Public Serviceís Robert
E. Bryan Fellowships.
Named in honor of alumnus Robert E. Bryan, of Newton Grove, the fellowships
are given each summer to students to support public service projects addressing
identifiable needs in the state. Fellows plan and implement the projects in
conjunction with a community partner and a UNC faculty mentor.
The programís goal is to unite university and community efforts in addressing
pressing issues within N.C. communities, said Amy Gorely, the centerís associate
"The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship Program is an excellent example of how
students work together with faculty and community members to help North Carolina
and its citizens," she said.
The five 2004 fellows each receive up to $3,000 to fund their own projects.
- Stacey Isaac, a graduate student in the School of Government, from Diego
Martin, Trinidad, is organizing and teaching "English as a Second Language"
weekend classes to Hispanics in Durham. Isaac also hopes to explore a partnership
in which UNC students will be recruited to teach future classes. Her faculty
mentor is Margaret Henderson of the School of Governmentís Master of Public
Administration Program, and her community partners are El Centro Hispano and
Durham Mennonite Church.
- Kristopher Jordan, a sophomore in Kenan-Flagler Business School, from Rutherfordton,
is designing a Web site, NCKidScience.com, and an online interactive childrenís
learning game for elementary school teachers seeking classroom material. Jordan
wants to help teachers integrate science learning into their daily schedules
in preparation for the science end-of-grade test. His faculty mentor is Dr.
Gary Bishop of the College of Arts and Sciencesí department of computer science,
and his community partner is KidSenses Childrenís Interactive Museum.
- Jin Yi Kwon, a graduate student in the School of Dentistry, from Chapel
Hill, is working on a project providing oral health care to residents of the
Beverly Healthcare-Starmount nursing home in Greensboro. Kwon wants to educate
the facilityís caregivers on oral health issues and provide a new priority
list for the resident dentist. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Eugene Sandler of
the School of Dentistryís department of dental ecology, and her community
partner is Dr. James Newman.
- Mark Sanders, a graduate student in the School of Education, from Fayetteville,
is creating a series of science education classes at the Morehead Planetarium
and Science Center for the local Spanish-speaking community. In addition,
Sanders will translate the astronomy exhibits in the Morehead Center. His
faculty mentor is Dr. Nancy Grace Aaron of the College of Arts and Sciencesí
department of romance languages and literatures, and his community partner
is the Morehead Center.
- Jennifer Sussman, a graduate student in the School of Public Health, from
Brentwood, Tenn., is conducting a resource and needs assessment in collaboration
with members of the Hurdle Mills community. Sussman will facilitate a community
process to prioritize the issues and develop a plan to address those needs.
Her faculty mentor is James Emery of the School of Public Healthís department
of health behavior and health education, and her community partner is the
Lattisville Grove Missionary Church of Hurdle Mills.
For more information, click on http://www.unc.edu/cps
or contact Dr. Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service,
at (919) 843-7568.
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